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NICE version Jeff! The paws are just perfect, folks will love them.

Frosty The Lucky.

 

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Wow Frozenforge that's beautiful!

 

For the circle/flattened circle style what diameter do you open them up to?

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Well here are my first 3 presentable attempts. They actually will open a beer. I vigorously tested all 3 .....just to be on the safe side.

I think on my next try I'm gonna try to do one like Black Frog does. I think those are awesome

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I also find if you can make the cap contact indent in one hit it is best!  Carefully placed, right tool, right heat, right hit!

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I've goofed up more than a few of the teeth on my bottle openers with bad hits and found a "save" by using a ball-peen hammer to enlarge the divot.  It gets rid of the mis-strikes by faceting the area.  The size of the peen determines the radius of the dimple, and a small ball peen can be use just as effectively as a larger one.  If you don't like the faceted look, use the ball-peen as a punch and give it a good whack with a piece of firewood.  I've found red oak to be a good whacker! 

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I've goofed up more than a few of the teeth on my bottle openers with bad hits and found a "save" by using a ball-peen hammer to enlarge the divot.  It gets rid of the mis-strikes by faceting the area.  The size of the peen determines the radius of the dimple, and a small ball peen can be use just as effectively as a larger one.  If you don't like the faceted look, use the ball-peen as a punch and give it a good whack with a piece of firewood.  I've found red oak to be a good whacker! 

​Using a ball pein is a good idea but I'd recommend just getting one and dedicating it to making bottle opener dimples.  Anneal the face and strike it with another hammer.  Using a hunk of firewood instead of a hammer sounds like a bad idea to me.  Personally, I use a ball end punch that I made from a piece of 5/8" rebar.

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Thanks those are both great ideas.  I have some coil spring that will make a very good fuller to use as a dedicated punch.  Or something like that.  Maybe a ball punch, oval punch ect.?

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Thanks those are both great ideas.  I have some coil spring that will make a very good fuller to use as a dedicated punch.  Or something like that.  Maybe a ball punch, oval punch ect.?

​If you have a bench grinder, it's very easy to grind a concentric curve/taper onto some 1/2" round stock by chucking it in a drill and spinning it against your grinder.  Round-nose punches come in real handy for a lot of things, and a few quick hits with a file will turn a round punch into an oval to make an eye punch, etc.  I lucked into some 1/2" roller bearings and have been making punches and chisels out of them b/c they don't need any heat-treat.

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​If you have a bench grinder, it's very easy to grind a concentric curve/taper onto some 1/2" round stock by chucking it in a drill and spinning it against your grinder.  Round-nose punches come in real handy for a lot of things, and a few quick hits with a file will turn a round punch into an oval to make an eye punch, etc.  I lucked into some 1/2" roller bearings and have been making punches and chisels out of them b/c they don't need any heat-treat.

​Excellent ideas.  Thank you for responding.  I think the spring I have is 5/8" round.  Or close to that.  I'll see if I can get a piece straight enough to chuck in my hand drill.  I do have a belt grinder with a disk grinder on it. 

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Thought I'd have a crack at the bulldog style bottle opener for a friend of mine called Cameron. The others are for other friends hence they're all stamped too. I'm quite chuffed with how they turned out. 

All the best 

Andy

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Nice work.  Those are just the right size to fit in your pocket.

Did you forge them with them being that short, or work with longer steel and cut it to length and round the handle ends?

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I REALLY like those short ones, idea officially STOLEN... ummm... I mean I will "borrow" it... I mean I will pay proper homage to someone else's style while appropriating some of their design considerations....     Okay... stealing it.   

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Cheers guys. I saw similar ones somewhere else online so go for it. They are a handy size, Trevor's one with the curvy handle is the most comfortable to use. (I test them all before they went out) 

I did a mixture of work with the longer bar and had them cut down. Working a long bar is much easier. 

 

All the best 

Andy

 

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Spanky: "Mediocre artists borrow, great artists steal" PIcasso but I thing he was plagiarizing.

Those are sweet openers, worth honoring by adapting with my own unique personal interpretation of the universal HIGH art form of bottle opening. :rolleyes:

Once I get inlaying glass into the negative space of small Fredrich's crosses right I'm going to turn a couple pocket or key fob size ones into "church keys" for our recently retired Pastor and the new one. I'll post pics.

Frosty The Lucky.

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Nice Ethan, those ought to sell well. I think $10.00 is pretty light on the price but it's your product and market.

Frosty The Lucky.

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I'm thinking $19.95. In my experience items under $20.00 that fit in a pocket are good mover prices for nice but not fancy pieces at demos and shows.

Frosty The Lucky.

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thank you for the complements. I might have to kick up the price :)

​Yeah you better if you want to pay your folks back for that touchmark stamp!

Frosty The Lucky.

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